Water-Babies A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby

ISBN-10: 0143105094

ISBN-13: 9780143105091

Edition: 2008

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Description: The beloved Victorian childrens talenow available in its original unabridged edition Instantly popular upon its initial publication in 1863, The Water Babiesis at once a bewitching childhood fantasy and a skillfully woven moral allegory. Tom, a young chimney sweep, escapes his horrendous job and his cruel boss, Grimes, when fairies plunge him into a fantastical world under the sea. As he meets and befriends his fellow water babies, as well as all sorts of sea creatures, he begins to learn some valuable lessons. Much in demand by scholars, this authoritative new editionfeaturing the Victorian illustrations from early editionswill charm children and adults alike.

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.396

Charles Kingsley, a clergyman of the Church of England, who late in his life held the chair of history at Cambridge University, wrote mostly didactic historical romances. He put the historical novel to new use, not to teach history, but to illustrate some religious truth. Westward Ho! (1855), his best-known work, is a tale of the Spanish main in the days of Queen Elizabeth I. Hypatia: New Foes with Old Faces (1853) is the story of a pagan girl-philosopher who was torn to pieces by a Christian mob. The story is strongly anti-Roman Catholic.. Hereward the Wake, or The Watchful Hereward the Wake, or The Watchful (1866) is a tale of a Saxon outlaw. The Water-Babies (1863), written for Kingsley's youngest child, "would be a tale for children were it not for the satire directed at the parents of the period," said Andrew Lang. Alton Locke (1850) and Yeast (1851) reflect Kingsley's leadership in "muscular Christianity" and his dramatization of social issues.

Charles Kingsley(18191875) was an Anglican minister, the Regius Professor of History at Cambridge, and the author of numerous novels, including Westward Ho!He also wrote poetry, sermons, and magazine articles. Richard D. Beardsis an associate professor of English at Temple University.

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